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04 Map 06 Wild Atlantic Way 08 Culture 10 Big picture 12 Hiking routes 14 Meet the makers 16 Learning to surf 18 Alternative activities


ild is the word that best describes Donegal. Geographically all but cut off from the rest of the Republic by

Northern Ireland, the northwesterly county is marked by dramatic landscapes carved out by heavy Atlantic swells and fi erce winds — a place where you don’t have to travel very far to be completely alone. Donegal holds enormous appeal for

intrepid travellers, so it was no surprise it took the top spot in our Cool List 2017. With a sea stack-dotted coast, Blue Flag beaches and rugged off shore islands, it begs to be explored — so we sent writer Zoë McIntyre and photographer Alecsandra Raluca Dragoi there to do just that. They drove the twisting ribbon of road that is the Wild Atlantic Way (p.6), hiked the Blue Stack Mountains (p.12) and surfed the breakers at Bundoran (p.16). The result is this defi nitive guide to one of Europe’s great wildernesses.


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